Recommended: Lupine

Acceptable: Wolf people

Unacceptable: Feral

Lupines are the most common type of Parahumans in North America. A slight majority are of standard human shape and coloring, but a few possess dog-like ears and/or canine-like hair coloring. They have one active power, the ability to deploy bone claws, and several passive abilities, including heightened reflexes, hearing, smell, and healing factor.

The bone claws come in two varieties. The first, known as the Fighter variant, is most common among male examples They have three two-stage claws in between their knuckles that, while fragile, give a significant range boost and make excellent stabbing and slashing weapons. The second, known as the Climber, have only two single-stage claws on each hand. While much shorter, they are much more durable making them very useful for climbing trees.

Their healing factor, probably their second-most famous ability (and most misunderstood) is basically an ability to heal faster than normal humans. The common myth that a Lupine can regenerate limbs and vital organs in minutes is almost a fabrication. First off, it takes them a year to regrow limbs. Organs can take a month. However, something that can remove a lupine’s heart has probably killed them.

The powers that are rarely mentioned are the ones that give them that make them highly valued by security, espionage agencies, and private security corporations. Their enhanced hearing can reach from two to three times of a baseline human. They also have a sense of smell rivaling that of a bloodhound and studies have shown that they rely more on smell than sight or hearing to distinguish others. Many even distrust others who use enough perfume or body spray to cover up their body scent.

Mentally, they seem to have more behaviors hardwired into them than a baseline human. Baseline humans usually have a choice of whether to fight or run. However, when faced with a serious threat to them or a friend, their instincts will make them deploy lethal force. They also are hardwired to do anything to protect their food. Do not, under any circumstances, take food a Lupine is eating. To make up for this lack of control, a majority of  Lupines try to avoid lethal solutions.

NIU Encyclopedia

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